Senior Instrumentation Software Engineer

Torrance, CA/Remote
Added: March 20, 2024
About Epirus

Epirus is a high-growth technology company developing solid-state, software-defined directed energy systems that enable unprecedented counter-electronics effects and power management solutions to optimize power efficiency in defense and commercial applications. With a constant emphasis on innovation, we are redefining the future of power to bring tomorrow’s capabilities to life, today. And that’s just the beginning.

Job Objective

Epirus designs and manufactures novel RF systems in a rapid development environment. Fast and thorough hardware / software testing, from early R&D to production, is critical for delivering successful products rapidly. The Senior Instrumentation Software Engineer role focuses on developing and maintaining a level of excellence in Epirus’s engineering lab, where we perform R&D of new design improvements, acceptance testing of newly manufactured modules, integration testing at the sub-system and system levels, and ultimately chamber and field tests / demos. Responsibilities include developing software to control lab equipment, working with other engineers to design new test fixtures, automating testing for various units / sub-systems, setting up and running Hardware-in-the-Loop testing for production software updates, organizing data logging, performing data analysis, and onboarding new lab equipment to continually improve our instrumentation capabilities. Candidates should be capable software engineers but should also have an interest in working hands-on with hardware, both production hardware and lab equipment / instrumentation. Success in this role powers the data-driven decisions that enable Epirus’s agile hardware development.


  • Develop and maintain software libraries for controlling and communicating with lab equipment
  • Contribute to the team by driving architectural decisions and best practices development
  • Coordinate with other engineers on designing and setting up new test fixtures, typically on lab benches or in RF chambers (also occasionally out in the field)
  • Coordinate with hardware and software teams to develop Hardware-in-the-Loop test platforms and procedures and automations.
  • Work with other engineers to develop new test scripts / programs, maximizing code reuse for consistency of testing
  • Manage ever-growing data logging and analysis, to power data-driven decisions
  • Coordinate with Manufacturing team and train technicians on operation of test software for production testing
  • Select and on-boarding new lab equipment / instrumentation, such as various sensors, DAQs, etc., to continually improve test capabilities and fidelity

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering or related
  • 5 + years of industry experience, including experience automating lab equipment and data analysis.
  • Proficiency with Python and Git
  • Good written and oral communication skills; not afraid to speak up, either to ask for help or disagree on a technical point that warrants more discussion
  • Collaborative; capable of working across all levels of the organization

Desired Qualifications

  • Eager to learn and to help others on the team
  • Organized; comfortable working in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
  • Focused, with perspective on what matters most, rapidly delivering customer value
  • Experience with continuous integration tools such as Jenkins or GitHub Actions
  • Experience with multiple operating systems and command line interfaces
  • Experience with databases and cloud data storage services (AWS)
  • Experience with electrical hardware / lab experience, and/or field test experience
  • Familiarity with signal processing, statistical analysis, and expressive plotting / data presentation
  • Experience with various sensors and DAQs for data collection
  • Experience with Agile Product Development practices and/or start-ups
  • An interest in working with a wide range of other engineering disciplines, touching all parts of the product

Itar Requirements

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

People are the most important part of Epirus – and always come first. We don’t believe in the word impossible and are always asking “why not” as work to usher in a new paradigm of power efficiency. Our fast-growing team is agile, creative, and innovative. We support a culture of constant learning and sense of belonging among our team members and know that mentorship matters. We embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. To deliver on our mission, we are always looking for problem solvers, changemakers and innovators to join our fast-growing team.

As required by the Equal Pay Transparency Act, Epirus provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location.

For the state of California only, the range of starting pay for this role is:

$142,900—$173,400 USD